Feeld's November Social kicked off with a round table panel discussion hosted by Reed Amber of Come Curious, with performer and pornographer Vex Ashley, gender non-conforming model and activist Rain Dove, poet and spoken word performer Tanaka Fuego and polyamorous lifestyle advocate Thomas Keen, who discussed fluid identities and the importance of being able to self-define.
Vex Ashley: I try very hard to make films that are not based on certain body types and sexualities, but I’ve come to realise the importance of labels for some because that’s how they find their people.
Rain Dove: When I describe my identity I say “I am I".
We are individual identities that cannot be compared, and to do so is lazy.
Tanaka Fuego: The way I describe myself is masculine. I don’t feel like the word 'trans' works for me, because it relates to someone who is transitioning from one thing to another, when in reality I’ve always been masc.
Thomas Keen: Being a poly-pansexual guy working in a traditional 'manly' setting means I am sometimes limited in what I can say. I just have to feel my way through at a level that feels comfortable to me.
Following the panel was a hugely popular Speed Social, as well as screenings of Vex Ashley’s Four Chambers project and Joseph Wilson’s ‘You Make Me Weak At The Knees’. The smaller studio room played host to a self love workshop where guests were invited to write a love note to themselves on a mirrored wall.
‘You are enough’ said one.
‘Just as you are’ wrote another.
There were performances by contortionist Jordana Rev who stunned the audience with her body movements mirrored beautifully by Kimatica Studios’ digital wall installation, and Tanaka Fuego who shared a powerful spoken word performance about his identity and experiences.
As the night drew to a close, the remaining guests danced in front of the digital installation wall, creating colourful shapes and patterns with their movements.
We returned to Elephant West for a Festive Feeld Social in December 2019. Featuring mince pies, mulled wine, Santa’s grotto, themed performances, a Sh! Women’s Emporium pop-up and our biggest Speed Social to date!
Photos by Voyteck Photo